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Post stroke father refers to left arm as child

Question: My father is 3 yrs post stroke with left side paralysis. He refers to his affected arm as her/him. He asks "child" questions and talks to arm throughout day. Md and I have explained to him that feeling in his arm is result of stroke. He will accept answer but in next breath refers back to his "child". I just want to know how to handle this. Do I try to reorient him or go along with his delusion?


Answer: Since he has been doing this for three years, I personally wouldn't bother in correcting him. You don't have to go along with it (meaning you can still call it his arm though he calls it his child), but I wouldn't go out of your way to explain things over and over again as he doesn't seem to be taking it in.

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